Visit the Office web site to access the Admin Portal for Office 365

It’s possible to access the Office 365 admin portal through Office.com. Just visit the site, click on the login button, authenticate and access your portal. When I tried the same approach, I was redirected to the Office 365 portal, and, subsequently, to the Office 365 Admin Center. As the first demonstration included with this webcast illustrates, the color coded symbol to the left of each tenant service in the example is meant to provide Office 365 administrators with rapid access to a health summary for the service. The three options are Green for healthy, Amber for a tenant with some…
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Congratulations, your company decides to implement cloud, but how do you begin to support the Office 365 service?

The day personnel within a larger organization receive management approval to leverage cloud, SaaS offers (including Microsoft’s Office 365) may be a cause for celebration. But if your team is responsible for support, planning for the Office 365 service to be up and running 7×24 can be a headache. So it makes sense to use the same occasion to kick off a support plan for Office 365. Microsoft offers a two part video tutorial on planning how to troubleshoot Office 365 via Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA) and Channel 9. The first of the webcasts is titled Office 365 Troubleshooting: (01)…
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Microsoft Project Pro is now available as an Office 365 subscription based client tool

This a third and final post to this blog on the first of several webcasts published from presentations held at Microsoft’s Tech Ed Europe 2014 event, which was held in late October 2014. The ultimate method of managing projects, per Raphael Ax and Alexandra Ciortea, two Microsoft Field Engineers leading this presentation, is to use Microsoft Project Pro. As of 2014, Ciortea explains, this tool is available as an add on subscription to Office 365. Ciortea notes an advantage of using Project Pro via Office 365 is ensuring clients are up to date on any updates to the application. With…
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Migrating project records out of Excel spreadsheets and into SharePoint 2013 is a good first step towards efficient project management

The schedule of presentations for Microsoft’s Tech Ed Europe 2014 event included a number of Microsoft Project Pro and Office 365. Raphael Ax and Alexandra Ciortea, two Field Engineers for Microsoft EMEA led the first of these, which is titled Efficient Planning, Reporting and Decision Making with Microsoft Project Pro for Office 365. Early in the presentation Ax points to SharePoint 2013 as a good method of moving a project management methodology forward for a typical organization. With a simple copy and paste procedure, Ax demonstrates how to migrate the key data from an Excel spreadsheet into a SharePoint Tasks…
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Microsoft Project Pro for Office 365 is presented at Tech Ed Europe 2014

The voluminous set of webcasts published from Microsoft’s Tech Ed Europe 2014 event includes a number on Microsoft Project and Office 365. So Office 365 stakeholders with an interest in tying together a project management platform like Microsoft Project with Office 365 will probably want to spend sometime sampling the content. One of the webcasts, the chronological first of the series on Project, titled Efficient Planning, Reporting and Decision Making with Microsoft Project Pro for Office 365 is led by Raphael Ax and Alexandra Ciortea, two field engineers at Microsoft EMEA. Alexandra Ciortea is based in Romania. SharePoint-Videos has released…
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Windows Developers can now use Office 365 REST based APIs to build the platform into their solutions

Windows application developers (working with Visual Studio as their IDE) can now build Microsoft Office 365 into their apps, and even solutions via . At TechEd Europe, Microsoft announced the availability of “REST based APIs” for Windows developers interested in building Office 365 into solutions and apps. SDKs for iOS, and a renovated SDK for Android developers were also mentioned in the works. Readers interested in technical development of SharePoint, SharePoint Online, and Office 365 solutions and apps can learn more about these APIs by watching a set of videos on Microsoft’s Channel 9 on the topic, hosted by Jeremy…
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Be sure to include winning executive sponsorship as a core plank of your Office 365 adoption plan

Often stakeholders counting on a successful roll out of a new computing platform (like Office 365) for enterprise computing put together adoption strategies to hasten user adoption. But a core component of success, and, therefore, any adoption plan intended to support this goal, must be winning executive sponsorship. Microsoft offers a voluminous set of information on all topics relevant to Office 365. This reader identified an hour long webcast likely to provoke some positive thinking on this topic titled Rethinking the Business Benefits of the Cloud. The webcast is led by Joe Weinman, author of “Cloudonomics”. Readers should note the…
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According to Microsoft’s new Office 365 Customer Success Center, communities are all about Yammer

In this, the final post on our current topic, Microsoft’s new Office 365 Customer Success Center on the web, the writer spends sometime discussing the “Communities” section of the site. The previous three posts provided readers with: an introduction to the Center and a look at the Scenarios section a deeper dive into the “Resources” and training aides supporting the Scenarios section and a description of the “Adoption” section Yammer Yammer, and the personnel representing it, play a very big role throughout the Center. Many of these people staffed the Office 365 Summit in New York City, which the writer…
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Champions of efforts to hasten user adoption of Office 365 computing will like the Adoption section of Microsoft’s new Office 365 Customer Success Center

In this third blog post on the topic of a new web site hosted by Microsoft titled Office 365 Customer Success Center the writer provides a description of the “Adoption” section of the web site. The first post on this topic provided an overview of the site along with a bit about how the public debut coincided with Microsoft’s Office 365 Summit World Tour. The second post explored site content accessible via links on the front page of each of 5 “Scenarios” for implementing Office 365. All 5 are included in one of the tabs on the horizontal navigation for…
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As with many other valuable assets, the real benefit from Microsoft’s new Office 365 Customer Success Center can be found below the surface

This is a second post on topics germaine to a new web site launched by Microsoft in early October, 2014, the Office 365 Customer Success Center. This post describes the “Get related resources” and “Learn how it works” tabs included with each of the 5 “Scenarios” presented on the site. The first post on this topic is titled Microsoft Debuts a Success Site for Office 365. The old adage “be sure to look below the surface (no pun intended)” applies to the Office 365 Customer Success Center web site. Readers with a high level of interest in any one of…
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